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Chakras is an experimental film about transformation. It portrays the meditative journey of the awakening of the dormant energy in an individual's body through the seven chakras.

  • Tanya Bansal
  • Suzanne Crombag
  • Tom Matthews
    Director of Photography
  • Joseph Martinotti
    Director of Photography
  • Shail Vasa
  • Aryan Vij
    Production Assistant
  • Tom Stafford
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Non-narrative, Spiritual
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Westminster
  • Los Angeles CineFest 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Top Indie Film Awards 2019

    Nominee Best Original Idea
  • Top Indie Film Awards 2019

    Nominee Best Original Idea
  • Asian Film Festival, Los Angeles Hollywood 2019

    Official Selection
  • Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2020

    Official Selection
  • Wales International Film Festival 2021

    Official Selection
  • Queer Global Arts Festival 2021

    August 28, 2021
    Official Selection
  • London X4 - Seasonal Short Film Festival : Spring 2020

    Special Mention
  • London X4 - Seasonal Short Film Festival : Autumn 2020

    Special Mention
Director Biography - Tanya Bansal

Tanya Bansal is a filmmaker and an International student in London. She was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She is currently studying BA Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster. Her path to film began by making short youtube videos with her friends and her phone, and soon expanded to theatre students and DSLRs. She debuted as a director with the experimental film, Chakras and has since directed a few other short films including an award-winning documentary.

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Director Statement

I hope that the viewers make their own interpretations of the film and I'd like to offer mine to convey the thoughts behind this piece as well as talk about the filming process involved in the film.

As an overview, this film portrays the journey of the awakening of the energy present inside a body. This energy is named differently by different cultures and school of thoughts, but its path towards something higher (awakening) is often believed to be marked by the energy spots or chakras within one's body. As a Hindu and having close contact with various practitioners as well experiencing parts of the experience myself, I felt compelled to create this film.

The film follows this energy as it struggles to awaken from its deep sleep and traces the path as it slowly ascends higher. The journey isn’t straight, it is a mix of highs and lows. These changes have been subtly portrayed by meandering through contrasting forces of nature by using various cameras (DSLRs, GoPros, Drone etc.) and camera movements throughout the film.

As the energy travels, it slowly starts melding with the different elements of nature, starts feeling synergy with the outer environment and it slowly starts opening up closed senses and channels. I believe these to be the self’s perception of the world and the film portrays this change through the deconstruction of the surroundings by using macro and microscopic videography.

After the struggle through the various phases, the seven screens become one and this moment has been used to symbolise the brink of awakening, an experience of becoming a whole as well as the feeling of being more than just oneself and one’s body.

Along with the energy's meditative journey, this film is also intended to be a meditative experience in itself and I hope that we were able to portray that.